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12-year-old ventriloquist wins ‘America’s Got Talent’

LOS ANGELES – A 12-year-old girl is getting a $1 million prize and her own Las Vegas show after taking the “America’s Got Talent” crown on the season 12 finale of the NBC reality competition. Darci...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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‘Sopranos’ mobster, veteran actor Frank Vincent dies at 80

NEW YORK – Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor who often played tough guys, including mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died. He was 80. Vincent died peacefully on Wednesday, a...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

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‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ gets three-season renewal

NEW YORK – “Last Week Tonight” is going to last a few years longer. HBO says it has renewed “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for three additional seasons. This would carry it through at least...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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Seth MacFarlane’s ‘The Orville’ sets off for a humorless (and lifeless) void

What on Earth (or any other planet) possessed Seth MacFarlane to create and star in a spoof of “Star Trek” in its late-1980s “Next Generation” mode that isn’t funny at all? I don’t mean that “The...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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HBO’s ‘Veep’ to end after seventh season in 2018

LOS ANGELES – HBO says its much-honored political satire “Veep” is coming to an end. The cable channel said Wednesday that “Veep” will air its seventh and final season in 2018. Series star Julia...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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Lacheys, Debbie Gibson lead ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast

NEW YORK – Nick and Vanessa Lachey, retired athletes Derek Fisher and Terrell Owens, and singer Debbie Gibson headline the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Other cast members on the ABC...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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While you were watching summer’s biggest TV show, you missed summer’s best TV show

A curious thing happened on the way to television greatness this summer: The highly anticipated return of a critically revered show that some viewers might avoid because of its reputation as a...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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Shelley Berman, comedian-bard of everyday life, has died

NEW YORK – Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top television shows in the 1950s and 1960s delivering wry monologues about the annoyances of everyday life, has died. He...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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Real-world walkers? ‘The Walking Dead’ is getting the Pokémon Go game treatment

Last year, it was the augmented-reality challenge of Pokémon Go that brought new life to geo-gaming. This year, AMC is hoping that terrain-based gamers will muster the same excitement for the dead....

DATE: Aug. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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All the times Jon Snow nearly died (and the one time he did), ranked

During last week’s nail-biter “Game of Thrones” episode, Jon Snow nearly died not once but twice. As usual, he managed to escape (somewhat) unscathed. That’s kind of his M.O., isn’t it? He narrowly...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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How Dick Gregory changed stand-up forever

Dick Gregory’s big break almost didn’t happen. The national press was buzzing over his killer 1961 performance at Chicago’s Playboy Club, where as a last-minute substitute, he played before an...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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Baldwin revives Trump impression for summer spinoff of ‘SNL’

NEW YORK – Alec Baldwin has put on his blond wig to reprise his impression of President Donald Trump for NBC’s summer spinoff of “Saturday Night Live.” Baldwin opened Thursday’s episode of “Weekend...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment